Mick Dumke is a reporter for ProPublica Illinois. He came to ProPublica after two years on the Watchdogs team at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he reported on the dismantling of public housing, the impacts of the state budget crisis on prisoner re-entry and the police department’s use of a secret watch list. Before that, he spent almost a decade as a politics writer and editor for the Chicago Reader. Among his investigations, he reported on racial disparities in drug enforcement and the privatization of Chicago’s parking meter system and other public assets. He has also worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Reporter magazine, taught social studies at an alternative high school and studied religion at Northwestern University and McCormick Theological Seminary.
Local terrorism cases—from a fake bomb outside Wrigley Field to a car bomb outside a downtown bar—reveal authorities using tactics bordering on entrapment.
by Mick Dumke | Jul 9, 2015
How Daley and his crew hid their process from the public, ignored their own rules, railroaded the City Council, and screwed the taxpayers on the parking meter lease deal
by Ben Joravsky | Apr 9, 2009
Chicago's tough gun law was supposed to help officials track who's acquiring guns and who's misusing them. So far it's doing neither.
by Mick Dumke | Jun 16, 2011
by Mick Dumke | Aug 5, 2009
by Mick Dumke | May 8, 2008
by Mick Dumke | Oct 18, 2018
by Mick Dumke | Sep 13, 2018
Archived letters to former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley bring up familiar concerns about unrest, policing, political divisions, and “propaganda.”
by Mick Dumke | Aug 21, 2018
Can Cook County's state's attorney convince voters she's more than a lock-'em-up prosecutor from a bygone era?
by Mick Dumke | Sep 16, 2015
by Mick Dumke | Aug 13, 2015
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